Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography by Nk GuyMastering Canon EOS Flash Photography by Nk Guy

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography

byNk Guy

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Automatic flash technology has revolutionized photography. Originally seen as just a way of illuminating dark scenes with portable light, flash is used today for many creative functions, including supplementing daylight and designing complex scenes lit by multiple light sources.

Creating striking or natural-looking images using flash photography can be a difficult artistic and technical challenge.Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photographyis the authoritative book on the subject, guiding the reader through Canon's Speedlite flash system, off-camera portable flash, and professional studio lighting. Covering the fundamentals of flash metering technology, it discusses key concepts, and documents the features and functions available with EOS gear. Highly illustrated, this book is loaded with examples and diagrams describing important functions and lighting arrangements, and beautiful photographs demonstrating sophisticated flash techniques. Foreword by David Hobby.

NK Guy is a Canadian writer and photographer living in Britain. He specializes in travel photography and event portraiture, is the author of the Photographer's Dictionary and is the creator of, a popular online resource for photographic education. He no longer lives aboard a barge on the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union...
Title:Mastering Canon EOS Flash PhotographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.85 inPublished:April 25, 2010Publisher:Rocky NookLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

; Foreword by David Hobby; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1 About this book; 1.2 Why this book; Getting Started; Chapter 2: Getting Started; 2.1 A beginner's configuration: Canon Rebel T1i/500D with a 430EX II flash unit; 2.2 Flash exposure compensation (FEC); 2.3 Bounce flash; 2.4 Daylight fill flash; 2.5 An advanced configuration: Canon EOS 50D with two 580EX II flash units; 2.6 A practical example of wireless flash; 2.7 Dragging the shutter; 2.8 Getting the flash off the camera; Chapter 3: Top Ten FAQs; 3.1 1. My camera already has a built-in flash. Why should I buy an external one?; 3.2 2. Why are the backgrounds of my flash photos pitch black? It looks like I was in a cave!; 3.3 3. Why does the camera set a really slow shutter speed when I use a flash? Parts of my photos look sharp, but there's weird fringing; 3.4 4. Why are the eyes of my friends and family glowing an evil red?; 3.5 5. Why won't my camera let me set a high shutter speed when I turn on my flash?; 3.6 6. I have an old flash unit. Will it work on my new Canon EOS digital camera?; 3.7 7. I took two flash photos in rapid succession. Why is the second one totally dark?; 3.8 8. Why are my photos dark when I use a Speedlite EX or built-in flash to trigger my studio flash equipment?; 3.9 9. Why use flash at all? Why not just use a fast lens and a high ISO?; 3.10 10. Why do my flash photos look so lousy? Do I need to buy a better camera or a more expensive flash unit?; Chapter 4: Terminology; Technology; Chapter 5: A Brief History of Flash; 5.1 Pyrotechnics; 5.2 Flash bulbs; 5.3 Electronic flash; 5.4 The first challenge: flash synchronization; 5.5 Open flash; 5.6 Flash sync; 5.7 Controlling flash exposure; 5.8 The second challenge: flash metering; Chapter 6: Automatic Flash Metering; 6.1 Enabling internal flash and external Speedlites; 6.2 Subject and background in flash photography; 6.3 Ambient light metering versus flash metering; 6.4 Freezing motion; 6.5 Normal flash sync; 6.6 Slow shutter sync; 6.7 EOS flash and icon modes; 6.8 CA (creative auto) mode; 6.9 EOS flash and ambient metering modes; 6.10 Program (P) mode; 6.11 Tv (shutter speed priority) mode; 6.12 Av (aperture priority) mode; 6.13 M (metered manual) mode; 6.14 DEP (depth of field), A-DEP (automatic DEP), and B (Bulb) modes; 6.15 Fill flash; 6.16 Fill flash ambient light reduction; 6.17 Flash exposure compensation (FEC); Chapter 7: Technical Topics; 7.1 Canon EOS flash metering; 7.2 TTL flash metering; 7.3 A-TTL flash metering; 7.4 E-TTL flash metering; 7.5 E-TTL II; 7.6 Type A and type B cameras; 7.7 Flash technology availability summary; 7.8 Metering patterns; 7.9 Flash metering patterns; 7.10 How mechanical camera shutters work; 7.11 Maximum X-sync; 7.12 High-speed sync (HSS)/FP (focal plane) flash; 7.13 First and second curtain sync; 7.14 Inverse square law; 7.15 Guide numbers; 7.16 Quantifying flash output; 7.17 Exposure value (EV); 7.18 Color and shades of white; 7.19 Color filters; 7.20 Infrared (IR); 7.21 EXIF; 7.22 Safety and physical properties; Equipment; Chapter 8: Dedicated Flash Units; 8.1 Built-in (popup) flash; 8.2 Canon Speedlites; 8.3 Speedlite naming scheme; 8.4 Older Canon Speedlites; 8.5 Third-party flash units; Chapter 9: Canon Speedlites; 9.1 Hotshoes; 9.2 Flash heads; 9.3 LCDs; 9.4 Swivel and tilt for bounce flash; 9.5 Zooming flash heads; 9.6 Flash head diffuser panels; 9.7 Autofocus (AF) assist light; 9.8 Redeye; 9.9 Flash exposure compensation (FEC); 9.10 Flash exposure lock (FE lock or FEL); 9.11 Fill flash ratios; 9.12 Auto fill reduction; 9.13 Flash exposure bracketing (FEB); 9.14 High-speed sync (HSS); 9.15 Enabling second curtain sync; 9.16 Manual flash; 9.17 Enabling wireless E-TTL flash; 9.18 Integrated Speedlite transmitter, or built-in flash as master; 9.19 Advanced M (metered manual) ambient metering; 9.20 Quick Flash/Rapid-fire mode; 9.21 Stroboscopic (MULTI) flash; 9.22 Flash exposure confirmation LED; 9.23 Range warning; 9.24 Modeling flash; 9.25 Auto Power Off/Save Energy (SE) mode; 9.26 Speedlite autoflash/External flash metering; 9.27 Optical slave triggers; 9.28 Custom functions (C.Fn) on flash unit; 9.29 External Speedlite control; 9.30 Test flash (manual firing); 9.31 Rear control dial; 9.32 Weatherproofing; 9.33 Automatic white balance compensation; 9.34 Live View, silent shooting, and flash; 9.35 Cycle time and high voltage ports; Chapter 10: Manual Flash Metering; 10.1 Manual flash metering; 10.2 Trial and error; 10.3 Flash meters; 10.4 Choosing a manual flash unit; 10.5 Trigger voltages; 10.6 Incompatible shoes; 10.7 Autoflash metering; Chapter 11: Off-Camera Flash; 11.1 The Seven Basic Methods for Off-camera Flash Control; 11.2 Off-Camera Method 1-Open flash; 11.3 Off-Camera Methods 2 and 3-Wired cords; 11.4 Off-Camera Method 2-Wired sync-only: PC cords; 11.5 Off-Camera Method 3-Wired with automatic metering: Canon flash cords; 11.6 Off-Camera Methods 4 and 5-Wireless optical control; 11.7 Off-Camera Method 4-Wireless optical, sync-only: optical slaves; 11.8 Off-Camera Method 5-Wireless optical with automatic metering: Canon wireless E-TTL; 11.9 Off-Camera Methods 6 and 7-Wireless, radio frequency (RF); 11.10 Off-Camera Method 6-Radio, sync-only; 11.11 Off-Camera Method 3-Radio with automatic metering; Chapter 12: Flash Accessories; 12.1 Flash diffusers; 12.2 Small diffusers; 12.3 Small reflectors; 12.4 Medium-sized reflectors; 12.5 Large portable diffusers; 12.6 Other flash accessories; 12.7 Ringflash adapters; 12.8 Filter gels; 12.9 Do it yourself!; 12.10 Supports; 12.11 Batteries; 12.12 External battery packs; Chapter 13: Studio Flash; 13.1 Types of studio lights; 13.2 Basic flash unit features; 13.3 General studio gear; 13.4 Studio light modifiers; 13.5 Hot lights; 13.6 Cheap vs. expensive; Technique; Chapter 14: Basic Technique; 14.1 Direction; 14.2 Intensity; 14.3 Quality; 14.4 Color; 14.5 Basic Speedlite portrait photography; 14.6 Building a studio portrait; 14.7 Experimenting with light; Chapter 15: Advanced Techniques; 15.1 Slow shutter sync and motion; 15.2 Hard isn't all bad; 15.3 Narrowing down the light; 15.4 Backlighting and flash in the frame; 15.5 Kill the ambient; 15.6 Cookies; 15.7 Open flash; 15.8 Stroboscopic (MULTI) flash; 15.9 High-speed photography; 15.10 Cross-polarizing; 15.11 Learning from the masters; Chapter 16: Conclusion; Appendices; Flash Units for Canon EOS; Speedlites for film and digital cameras (E-TTL); Macro flash; Speedlites for film cameras (TTL); Third-party flash; Sigma; Metz; Quantum; Nissin; Marumi; Generic flash units; All-manual battery flash; Choosing a Flash Unit; A flash unit for casual and occasional use with a Canon digital camera or a type A film camera; Advanced use with a Canon digital camera or a type A film camera; A flash system for wireless E-TTL; A flash unit for all-manual work, Strobist-style; A flash unit for macro photography; A flash unit for use with a type B film camera; no plans to buy a type A film or digital camera in the future; Features Table; Key to Appendix C: Features Tables; Custom Functions; Speedlite 430EX; Speedlite 430EX II; Speedlite 580EX; Speedlite 580EX II; Sequence of Operation; E-TTL (film and digital) sequence of operation; E-TTL II sequence of operation; Wireless E-TTL sequence of operation; TTL (film only) sequence of operation; A-TTL (film only) sequence of operation; Lenses; Lenses With Distance Data; Lenses Without Distance Data; Troubleshooting; Built-in flash; Speedlite power issues; Flash unit compatibility; Using the flash unit; Flash unit features; Autofocus assist; Flash head coverage; Wireless; Studio lighting; Online Resources; Discussion forums; Reviews and information; Personal blogs; Credits and Acknowledgements; Models; Manufacturers, Distributors, and Suppliers; Chapter Opening Images;